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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Sports Arena on 1994-12-19 (December 19, 1994)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: December 19, 1994 (check for other copies)
Venue: Sports Arena
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Source: DATSBD>Cass.>DAT>Cass.>CDR via Andy Lemieux Encoding, patching [Schoeps MK-4 (http://db.etree.org/shn/2521)], pitching by Matt Vernon
Keywords: Live concert


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Picasso Moon, Stagger Lee, Little Red Rooster, Ramble On Rose, Broken Arrow, When I Paint My Masterpiece*, So Many Roads, Easy Answers, Deal Saint Of Circumstance, New Speedway Boogie-> Nobody's Fault But Mine But Mine-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Space-> I Need A Miracle, The Days Between-> Jam-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Brokedown Palace

Notes

DATSBD>Cass.>DAT>Cass.>CDR via Andy Lemieux
Encoding, patching [Schoeps MK-4 (http://db.etree.org/shn/2521)]
, pitching by Matt Vernon

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Average Rating: 3.72 out of 5 stars3.72 out of 5 stars3.72 out of 5 stars3.72 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - December 19, 2012
Subject: a word on that 'Days Between' -
I haven't heard this entire show, but was drawn to Days due to the enthusiasm of the reviewers here...it is indeed haunting. If you're looking for a version of this tune that Jerry does full and total justice to, it's this one.

I have long had a fascination with this ballad and wonder why it was so negatively received by heads at the time....I did recently read this essay on the song: http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/days.html#silberman - and he totally nails it. In fact, I think this writeup is as fascinating to read as the tune is to hear.

Personally, I think the problem was that Jer and Robert themselves decided to articulate what was clearly a sea change, and doing it in a way that was uncompromisingly bleak and yet hopeful at the same time. Similarly, fans screamed for the band to stop playing "Day Job", a relatively harmless little ditty in the 80s, for reasons close to their uncomfortability with Days - it's too direct. I don't think the negative reception of this song had much to do with what the crowd was hearing musically and lyrically so much as what it represented. Now, with Jerry gone, it's all to clear that the end was nigh, and this song plays out now like Jerry's final epitaph, a world-weary synopsis of the entire human experience.

I will always treasure this song as one of Garcia's most accomplished numbers. I do hope that others grateful for all that he gave us musically will take the time to maybe even read the lyrics along, if you don't know them, and take into consideration the images, the meanings, what the author of the above essay called the "unrelenting exactitude" of its moral.

Reviewer: L. Rosley - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 5, 2011
Subject: Days Between
Devastating. Brilliant. Haunting, even a day after you've hard it.

Possibly the best performance of Days, and certainly among the top performances of Jerry's career, this ranks with Jerry's most powerful moments, the Morning Dew's of 1973-74, Mountains of the Moon of 1969, and others.

A momentary resurgence of brilliance, clarity, and technical agility out of the cloud of self-abuse that snuffed it all out 8 months later. Jerry knows what's happening to him, and this performance of Days is a self portrait. Hunter's lyrics have never sounded so profound.

Sixteen years after Jerry's passing, the Dead still produce good times for listeners. This Days Between is much, much more.

The rest of the show is good, particularly for the time, when good shows were not all that common. Perhaps 4 stars if you take the 30-years into perspective. But with this Days Between, this show deserves a high place in the Dead canon.

Reviewer: elias2112 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 19, 2010
Subject: Didn't a stork bring us our bootlegs?
I have to agree that this "Days Between" was sweet and the show all together was sounding sweet which was getting harder and harder to say then. i was also opting out on more shows there at the end. But, wasn't that the way we all got our bootlegs at one point? I mean, if you were fortunate enough to have a friend that was a taper and he was fortunate enough to be patched into the sound board for the show,then he would get the show on DAT and I think that DAT recorders had tapes back then and then he would run copies out of his van or hotel room onto Maxell XL 90's and presto! You got a great sounding tape of a hopefully Hot show. The world was just starting to go digital and even though I have more shows in digital than I will count right now, back then on tour I was happy to have a 1/2 dozen good shows on tape. And I always ended that tour with a totally different 1/2 dozen shows. (~);}

Reviewer: BIG_R - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 2, 2010
Subject: 12-19-94
I like this one. This must not be the copy I have because mine is missing Masterpiece through Deal. I agree with Augy why anyone would convert a digital sbd to cassette is beyond me.

Reviewer: krestonc - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 30, 2009
Subject: i love L.A.
and the freaks came out! what an awesome set of shows. the way Jerry seemed to direct the music out into the crowd during masterpiece... i remember some guy came up to me with a xtra small balloon for $5. i turned him down, but my friend didn't. then i asked for one and was denied. oh well.
the thing i remember most was being on the risers during speedway. bouncing up and down on the wooden benches to the beat. outstanding.
and we all know days was 5 star. great show. best of the four for me

Reviewer: rampage60 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 18, 2009
Subject: had no idea
I had been seeing the Dead since 1977, I witnessed many incarnations. I kept going to shows through the years, occasionally catching some very good ones. After all a bad dead show is better than anything else. In '92 and '93 it was tough, they didn't seem into it. i really liked Days Between when i first heard it but Jerry never "nailed" it. Until this show, not only that but after what happened 8&1/2 months later, I think this whole show was perhaps the return of the boys we all loved so much. Phil nailed Broken arrow. Bobby on miricle and Lovelight might have been the best i had seen for a long long time. Anytime when you get a "new Speedway Boogie" it's always a plus. I thought this show was a comeback. Then Jerry played "Days Between" oh my fucking God. It might have been the most emotional I've been at a show for a long time. Of course I had my new wife there so that might have had something to do with it. Anyway without a doubt, this is the last great show I saw....Peace and love all

Reviewer: SugarMama - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 31, 2008
Subject: how do I download this?
how do I download this? I was at one of these shows at the Sports Arena, I cant remember which date, but Im pretty sure they sang Mexicali Blues. I give them ALL 5* for the beautiful memories.

Nothing left to so, but SMILE SMILE SMILE!

Reviewer: stoner mulholland - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 1, 2008
Subject: best days between ever!!!
jerry nails it!!!!!...every lyric right!!!

Reviewer: PlantTrees - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 10, 2007
Subject: ..when the rains came..
TRAFFIC & the Dead; priceless ! !
On November 10th, 2007 Michael Love said:

Best show i have ever attended. Imagine TRAFFIC, the Dead, and a THUNDERSTORM that was magical ! Music was bang'n! The gift from the heavens that day was incredible. When the rains came, Traffic was at 'one' with the universe as they transitioned with/to the Dead. Nearly unbelievable that lightening and rain limited its energy to electrifying the air and not the ground. As for the plastic 'tarps',.. i only had to take one step back to avoid them. ...i already had my shirt off so as to be ready for when the rains came...how could i miss the chance to kid-up with that rain...(i'll not forget the smile from an angel who helped me up when i slid on the mudbank). ..7.29.1994 was nearly too good to be true. ?did you get your 'Plant Trees" bumper sticker in the parking field? Please, always be mindful that Conservation Matters, and do your part to stop energy waste !

Reviewer: primalscrn - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 1, 2007
Subject: Whatever!!!
I loved this show at the time and I still do! sounds great!

Reviewer: stellablue89r - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - April 15, 2007
Subject: hmm
decent show, jerry really screwed up the first couple lines of so many roads

Reviewer: kingdork - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 16, 2006
Subject: 3
3 out of 5

Reviewer: Hilder,rebuilder - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - January 28, 2006
Subject: the "SMR" project
SEE 1992,2,21 'getting them all!------ I feel so proud to have spent 18 years paying his wage!

Reviewer: MCSZ - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - December 21, 2005
Subject: 2 Stars

Reviewer: whitelacestrange - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 11, 2005
Subject: days between
the rest of the show is just alright, but the days between is outstanding, the jam just grabs your soul jerry's voice is so full of emotion, and he plays one of the most intense jams i've ever heard. this is just one of those "last stands" of his, before he becomes almost musically incapacitated.

Reviewer: whitelacestrange - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 11, 2005
Subject: days between
the rest of the show is just alright, but the days between is outstanding, the jam just grabs your soul jerry's voice is so full of emotion, and he plays one of the most intense jams i've ever heard. this is just one of those "last stands" of his, before he becomes almost musically incapacitated.

Reviewer: DisguisedAsASquirrel - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 7, 2005
Subject: Huh?
Huh?

Reviewer: ny dead - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - July 25, 2005
Subject: pitch smitch!
dude this was maybe the best show i ever attended.They were playing so well and having fun.Jerrys voice sounded good and the place was rockin.For those who want to download this show-get this copy -the audience copy is poor with way too much of one guy in the audience singing-god bless him he was having fun and thats the way it should be -unfortunately he dominates the left side which can be annoying-but I am glad he was enjoying himself cause I know I was.

Reviewer: Augy - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 27, 2004
Subject: Show was outstanding, but although pitch control I repsect greatly..
Pitch control I respect greatly, in fact in the analog days I was quite particular about keeping my decks adjusted speed wise but, isn't it possibly these days to use a digital device as I've seen in other cases, (name escapes me ?) Obviously I'm not doing the work, although if I had all what is needed I'd surely do it.
What I'm getting at, is it seems to correct the pitch is the reason at least once to go back to analog after originally digital. However even so, the master DAT was obviously malfunctioning, since DAT's are supposed to be have a time sync track in order keep them at the correct speed. Otherwise, how could the pitch become incorrect ?
Moreover, what I'm really driving at unless one simply doesn't have a choice, (example, see below), is once digital, a recording should remain digital; even if it was originally analog ! It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE whatsoever, to be going back and forth, between technologies !
Example of a no choice : if one is making a personal copy, not intended to be copied further, of an originally digital recording because either the place/situation where it is to be played back, can't accommodate digital playback or one doesn't have a digital recorder of any sort and it is one's only opportunity to obtain the recording; which I guess for us that are downloading this post, at least presently, falls into the later category. But then to pass it along further really should be avoided, if at all possible !
That is why, even though I was at all of these shows and thoroughly enjoyed them, (which coming from me was becoming increasingly scarce except for the new songs); I'm forced to give this only a 3 !